Day 64 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 20 to 22
THE FIGHT OF FAITH
The lines of a Sunday School song go: I may never march in the infantry… but I’m in the Lord’s army. If we call Jesus our Lord & Saviour, each & everyone is a soldier in God’s army…
BUT we are not fighting against people. We are fighting a deadly serious battle against satan who is constantly trying to confuse us to get us to obey him & rebel against God. [Eph 6:10-12]
2 Sam 22/Psalm 18 is a victory Psalm from which we can glean many useful tips on how to be victorious in the battle against temptation.
THE LORD LIVES 2 Sm 22:47a:
Sin is Man’s desire to be the god of his own life… to act independent of God as if He doesn’t exist.
The foundation of all victory is remembering that God exists. HE IS. Jesus has conquered sin & death. He LIVES!
Not only that, He lives IN US, to fight the battle from WITHIN US. [Rom 8:10-11]
Let the GOD of my salvation BE EXALTED 2 Sm 22:47b:
🔑Key to victory. Get off the throne of one’s heart. Enthrone GOD as King & give HIM full control.
🔑 See Him as greater than the weaknesses that would lead us to succumb to temptation.
🔑 Have confidence in HIS ability to save, rather than our own ability to fail.
… my FORTRESS… in whom I take REFUGE 2 Sm 22:2-3:
Corrie Ten Boom had been a prisoner in a concentration camp under Hitler. She recalls watching ants hide in a crack in the wall. She pressed her finger on the crack, but couldn’t reach them… they were safe in their hiding place. And it dawned on her, ”I too, had a hiding place when things were bad. Jesus was this place, the Rock cleft for me.
Our lives are hidden in Christ. [1 Cor 1:30, Col 3:3]
Satan may press down on us, BUT, because we are hidden in Christ, he cannot crush us. [2 Cr 4:7-9]
He TRAINS my hands 2 Sm 22:35: Jesus, is the Captain of the Lord’s Armies. He is the One who teaches the battle strategy to fight & overcome temptation.
The Holy Spirit teaches us how to use the Word of God as a sword to cut down the lies/hooks that satan uses to lead us astray. [Rf v 29& 31]
He GIRDS me with strength 2 Sm 22:35:
Jesus the Lion of Judah within us is greater than satan who prowls around LIKE (pretending to be) a lion. [1 Jn 4:4]
Jesus has ALREADY overcome every temptation known to man, and He is with us to strengthen us to conquer sin. [Heb 2:14-15, 1 Pt 5:8-9]
Through Him we can leap over barriers satan erects between us and God, and between us & others. Through Jesus we can cut through the troop of negative thoughts satan lets loose at us. [Rf 2 Sm 22:30]
I WILL call upon the LORD 2 Sm 22:2:
None of the above is of any use if we don’t call upon the Lord. When David recognized danger, he called upon God. Alas, David was not quick to recognize the hidden dangers of spiritual enemies. He did not call upon God to help him handle relationships or temptations… and that is a mistake we often make.
It is easy to remember to call upon God when we are facing recognizable conflicts… We’re not quite so quick to call upon God when we are being tempted with pride, fleshly cravings, irritation, white lies etc…
God promises, “Call, I WILL answer…” [Jer 33:3, Zec 13:9]
He DELIVERED me 2 Sm 22:17-18:
We all face the same temptations. But we never face anything alone, because God is faithful. He will not let us be tempted more than we can bear. There is an open door to escape every temptation. [1Co 10:13]
Through the Holy Spirit we can see the Open Door & we HAVE the power to go through that door of escape. [2 Tm 1:7, Titus 2:11-14]
🌲Christmas reminds us that God heard the despairing cry of the sinner sinking in sin, and that He sent Jesus to rescue us from the flood of iniquity that was sweeping us to Hell… He rescued us not because we were righteous, but because we are helpless & need Him.
Dear Lord & Saviour, teach me, train me, strengthen me. I KNOW that You ARE mighty to save. I take Your Hand KNOWING that YOU WILL lift me up and establish my steps. Thank You for never letting go. Amen.
🍇 Simple thoughts for
2 Samuel: 22:29 "You, Lord are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light "
⚡ In 2 Samuel 22, David celebrates the faithfulness of God. Many of the ideas and some of the same words are found in Psalm 18
In the beginning verse David says, " in the day that the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies and out of the hand of Saul. It vividly shows that David had never considered Saul as his enemy.
⚡ As David sought to establish his rule as a king in Israel, he faced military challenges, political conspiracy, and betrayal by friends and family members. And David was also guilty due to his relationship with Bathsheba. In fact, he was in a plight. Yet, near the end of 2 Samuel, we find David's song of praise to God for His Mercy, Love and Deliverance. He said, You Lord, are my lamp, the Lord
turns my darkness into light.
⚡ After experiencing God's aid in the battle against the Philistines, ( 2 Samuel 21: 15-22 ) David likens his rescue to being drawn out of deep waters (22:17) David's very life and that of his men was in serious danger from his enemies. In many of his difficulties, David turned to the Lord. He said, " with your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can leap over a wall" (V:30)
⚡ Perhaps we identify with David's struggles because he, like us, was far from perfect. Yet he knew that God was greater than the most gigantic problems in his life. With David we can say " As for God his way is perfect, the Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him" ( V :31)
🔥 Life may be with problems, but God is greater than the problems. Let us thank God for seeing our struggles and standing
ready to save us. God delights in saving His children.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
Saul like self or David like humble
Saul is anointed as king
David is also anointed as king
Saul despised the anointing but David preserved the anointing.
Going back to the times ofJoshua. He did only one mistake in his life. He made peace with the Gibeonites and extended a league with them without taking the counsel from God. (Josh 9:14,15) later they came to know that they were deceived, but they couldn't kill them because of the league.
But Saul slew them regardless of the league of Joshua. As a consequence there was three years famine in the land in the days of David. (2 Sam21:1,2) Saul was self righteous. He didn't give heed to the word of God. He misused the anointing. He was a men pleaser. He destroyed them to please Israel and Judah. He expanded the problem. King is not a problem maker, he's a problem solver.
David prayed unto God. He took counsel from God. He understood the importance of anointing. He's not self righteous. Not men pleaser. Immediately he surrendered seven sons of Saul to the Gibeonites fulfilling the righteousness of God. (2 Sam21:1-9)
David resolved the prevailing problem from ages.
If you are self righteous and proud, you will be a problem for yourself and for others.
If you are humble, you will get rid off your problems and become solution of others problems.
Saul did not commit any great sin, but he had a spirit of pride.
David was not a holy person. But he had a spirit of humility.
Hence forth you are a solution for any problem in your family, church, office, business, community in the mighty name of Jesus
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit (Ps34:18)
Now there was a famine in the days of David for 3 years ,years after year and David inquired of the lord.The lord answered .It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty home ,because he killed the Gibeonites 2 Sam 21:1_2
Israel experienced 3 years of famine and David recognised it as divine discipline.and sought God for the reason.By divine revelation David learnt that the famine was a result of sin, committed by Saul ,because he had slain the Gibeonites.Gibeonites were Cananites whom God himself had commanded Joshua to kill.But Joshua was deceived by the Gibeonites and made a covenant with them that the Israelites woul never kill any of them or their descendants.Saul violated this covenant Jos 9;16_20
This was a serious offence against Gods law.Num 30.1.2
.....he must not break his word but must do everything he said Once David had made amends ,the Gibeonites would bless the lord's people again. So God takes it very seriously when we break our word,even to an enemy
Lord ,we admit we are weak,we need your guidance for victory over our trials.we need you to help us to get victory despite our weakness and enemy's strength.
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸 🌸
2 Samuel : 22 : “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior.”
This chapter resembles Psalm 18.
This gives the wonderful summary of David’s life.
He has known as “the son of Jesse”, “David the King”, “a man after God’s Own heart”, “the Sweet Psalmist of Israel”,a Shepherd, a Soldier, and a Sinner.
But now David is nearing the end of his life.
A lot of things happened in David’s life.
From being a shepherd, he became the King.
He was not pure, he had a lot of faults and did many mistakes, crimes and sins.
God had saved him, secured him, strengthened him and secured him.
His life had been blessed and graced by Almighty God since the day God called him from following the sheep.
That's why we see David is praising and bursting into song. This is a song thanking God for His wonderful blessings.
We have more than enough reason to praise God today and forever.
David uses the personal pronouns “my” for Ten times. This shows that the relationship he had with God was very personal.
David is saying, *“He is my God and I want to hold Him close to my heart!”*see
Do we have a personal zs2xßrelationship with God?
Can we look to God and say *MY …… with assurance of faith?
David experienced many difficulties, many failures, much distress in his life .
He was overwhelmed with grief and joy.
In verses 29-30;
For you are my lamp, O LORD, and my God lightens my darkness. 30 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.
David felt that with God on his side he could do anything..
📍 With the Lord Jesus beside us today, no one can stand in our way.
📍 He will make us smarter, stronger, sharper and help you always be in the right place at the right time.
📍 Trust in the Lord today for He is good.
🌸 Jooley Mathew🌸
The Lord is my Rock
Have you ever watched a good house being built? One of the first things a contractor does is level out the ground and put in a strong foundation that the future building could withstand.
It is the base on which everything stands on. From there the structure begins to grow and grow till the roof, and upwards. Nobody builds a roof first and then build a foundation. What would a strong foundation do? A solid foundation will enable that house to stand for decades, withstanding the forces of nature. One can feel safe being inside a strong house, yeah? 🏘⛪
We need a solid foundation in our lives too, both personally and communally. What is the foundation — the rock — that our lives are built on? King David says:
(You are) my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
2 Samuel 22:2b
David built his life on the rock and foundation of the Lord. His whole self was filled with God's Spirit. And he found refuge in times of fear as a result. It was this rock that saved David and the people of Israel from the hands of their enemies. Because of David's reliance on God, his kingdom is seen by later generations of Jesus as the ideal kingdom for Israel. ✡🇮🇱
We too can find the same refuge and saving grace. Starting today let's build our lives with the Lord as our foundation (Matthew 7:24-27). The next time we face life's battles — envy, grief, lust, even drugs or other addiction — let's not forget to stand on the rock — the rock of our salvation! In the face of all chaos, perhaps the stability and weightiness of rocks were exactly the picture David needed to assure himself of God's unchanging, stable love. If you got time, let's get this in detail... Otherwise, please jump to the last part, the hymn: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me...
First Samuel 2 records the song Hannah sang when she brought her son Samuel to serve the Lord at the Tabernacle, and 2 Samuel 22 records the song of David after the Lord helped him defeat his enemies (v. 1; Psalm 18). See how significant it is that two books full of burdens and bloodshed are bracketed by praise! Praise God at all times! No matter how dark the days or how painful our memories are, we can always praise the Lord. Our life and lips must be filled with the Lord's praises.
In this song, David offered thanks to the Lord for the many victories He had given him and for the gracious way He had worked to bring him to the throne of whole Israel. As mentioned two days earlier, note that King Saul is not included among David’s enemies, for no matter what Saul did to him, David never treated Saul like an enemy. Here, we find the glorious message of this song of praise in 2 Samuel 22.
The emphasis in this psalm is on what the Lord in His grace and mercy did for David. The Lord delivered David every time (vv. 22:1–19). “Deliver” is a key word in this song (vv. 1, 2, 18, 20, 44, 49). Before he became king, David was pursued by Saul and his army, and Saul tried to kill David at least five times. Maybe much more. After he became king, David had to wage war against the Philistines, the Ammonites, the Syrians, the Moabites, and the Edomites, and God enabled him to triumph over all his enemies each and every time. ⚔
David began by praising the Lord for who He is — a Rock, a Fortress, and a Deliverer (v. 20) — images that certainly came out of David’s years in the wilderness when he and his men hid in caves by the streams and natural fortresses. “God is my rock” (v. 3) can be translated as, “My rock-like God.”
Hannah used it in her song (1 Samuel 2:2), and it’s found frequently in David's Psalms. A rock reminds us of strength and stability, that which is dependable and unchanging. No matter how David’s enemies tried to destroy him, he was always guided and protected by the Lord. God was a shield around him and a deliverer whenever there was danger.
Waves of death, floods of ungodly men, the hidden traps of death... all made David’s life difficult and dangerous. What do we normally do when we’re drowning in a flood of opposition? We call on the Lord and trust Him for the help we need (v. 7). David was a man of prayer who depended on the Lord for wisdom, strength, and deliverance, and the Lord never failed him.
Why did God wait all those years before delivering David and putting him on the throne? Yeah, the Lord was building himself a leader, and this could be done probably only by means of trial, suffering, disappointments and battle. But the Lord also had His own timetable and purpose, isn't it? We read... “when the fullness of the time had come” (Galatians 4:4), out of David’s family, the Messiah would come to the world. God alone delivers us through Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
There is no god like our God; no other name worthy of all our praise! On Christ the solid rock, I stand! May my lips praise the sounds of the Lord Almighty!
In God alone my soul finds rest; my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
♪♪ Rock of Ages, cleft for me, ♪♪
♪♪ let me hide myself in thee; ♪♪
♪♪ let the water and the blood, ♪♪
♪♪ from thy wounded side which flowed, ♪♪
♪♪ be of sin the double cure; ♪♪
♪♪ save from wrath and make me pure. ♪♪
♪♪ My hope is built on nothing less ♪♪
♪♪ Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; ♪♪
♪♪ On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; ♪♪
- Bob, Bangalore! 😃
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